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Pixel 2 gets an improved, unofficial Pixel Launcher

Pixel 2 gets an improved, unofficial Pixel Launcher

Most of the time, when Google launches a new smartphone, Android modders and developers scramble to take whatever new launcher it has and make it available for other smartphones. This time, things have come full circle with a new third-party Pixel Launcher made for the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. The modified Pixel Launcher pretty much keeps the simplicity of the original while adding a few customization options to satisfy the different aesthetic tastes of different users.

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Samsung Linux on Galaxy might run full, graphical Linux desktops

Samsung Linux on Galaxy might run full, graphical Linux desktops

Samsung sometimes tries to be too much like Google and engages in moonshot projects that are often abandoned quickly. So when it launched its new DeX “phone as a desktop” platform, it was natural for some people to wonder how long it would last. At least, for now, it seems that Samsung is investing a sizeable amount of resources to expand its coverage, like its upcoming Linux on Galaxy feature. Samsung just posted a concept video hinting that it could be more than what others have been able to do.

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OnePlus 5T unboxing leaked, removed, reuploaded for posterity

OnePlus 5T unboxing leaked, removed, reuploaded for posterity

The OnePlus 5T is probably the company’s worst kept secret. Not that there’s much to be kept secret anyway. For all intents and purposes, it is the OnePlus 5 with a different screen and a relocated fingerprint sensor. That still didn’t stop the flood of leaks surrounding OnePlus’s first 18:9 phone. Hot on the heels of a set of photos is a nearly five-minute-long unboxing video of the OnePlus 5T that pretty much leaves nothing left to the imagination. Or for OnePlus to announce later this week.

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Nexus, Pixel phones won’t get their KRACK fix until December

Nexus, Pixel phones won’t get their KRACK fix until December

Google devices, like the Nexus before and now the Pixel phones, have always been prided on getting patches and updates a lot earlier than even the fastest OEMs, of which there are only very few. But in this particular instance, Google will be rolling out one specific fix a lot later than some of those OEMs or even third-party Android ROM makers. Unfortunately, it’s an instance where time might even be more critical, as Nexus and Pixel devices remain vulnerable to the KRACK exploit until Google finally rolls out the fix next month.

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Now the Pixel 2 XL has an unresponsive screen issue

Now the Pixel 2 XL has an unresponsive screen issue

The Pixel 2 XL is already known to have several issues with its display, including muted colors and burn-in, but now users are discovering yet another problem with Google's larger smartphone. Members of the Pixel User Community website are reporting that the screen has little or no responsiveness at its edges, resulting in certain taps or gestures going unrecognized.

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2018 Galaxy A5 with Infinity Display teased in benchmarks

2018 Galaxy A5 with Infinity Display teased in benchmarks

The 2018 version of the Samsung Galaxy A5 may feature an Infinity Display, the same display found on the Galaxy S8 handsets. The use of Infinity Display means the home button will be eliminated from the front of the phone, and we'll likely see the fingerprint sensor put on the back of the handset. Assuming this is all true, it'll give Samsung fans an option for an Infinity Display that is cheaper than the existing handsets with this feature.

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South Park: Phone Destroyer card-based mobile game is available now

South Park: Phone Destroyer card-based mobile game is available now

The big South Park game on everyone's mind right now is The Fractured But Whole, but it's not the only option this season. Another South Park game has been released, this one for mobile devices, and it is called "Phone Destroyer." No, it won't destroy your phone, though it may use up hours of your precious time. Phone Destroyer is a real-time strategy game with PvP battles and collectible cards.

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OnePlus 5T leaked in full on Reddit and Twitter

OnePlus 5T leaked in full on Reddit and Twitter

OnePlus 5T leaks today seem to have spilled all the beans - specs, photos, and the whole lot. This next-gen smartphone seems to be similar to its predecessor without being nearly as much of a 1:1 comparable device as the 3T was to the 3. Here, OnePlus seems to have given the device the boost it needs not just on the inside, but in its display and around the edges, as well.

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Pixel 2 problems surface again, this time with Google Assistant

Pixel 2 problems surface again, this time with Google Assistant

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have had something of a troubled launch thus far. Problems have been cropping up here and there ever since the phones were released, and today we're learning of a new one that involves Google Assistant. As it turns out, the Pixel 2 and its big brother both struggle when asked to route Google Assistant through a Bluetooth headset.

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Pokemon GO Raid event begins now!

Pokemon GO Raid event begins now!

The next wave of Pokemon GO Raid events has begun, and the EX Raid is at the head of the pack. This new wave of Raids for users of all sorts begins just in time for a number of Gamestop locations turning on the lights for sponsored Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms. This does NOT mean that Gamestop is the only location where an EX Raid can happen, but it does mean that your local Gamestop might be a good place to look for an EX Raid first.

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Galaxy S9 in new tiny form tipped in China

Galaxy S9 in new tiny form tipped in China

Straight from Ice Universe comes a tip about the next big (small) Samsung Galaxy smartphone. This next Galaxy device is almost certainly not the devices we've already seen rumored, as this newest tip specifically calls out "full screen" and "less than 5 inches." Previous rumors for the Galaxy A5 (2018) and Galaxy A7 (2018) suggest 5.5-inch and 5.7-inch "Infinity Display" panels, respectively.

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Android’s Do Not Disturb driving mode is going big in 2018

Android’s Do Not Disturb driving mode is going big in 2018

Google will unlocking Android's Do-Not-Disturb mode for developers, pushing road safety by reducing the potential distraction from phones like the Pixel 2. The company added the new mode with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: once turned on, it promises to automatically identify when the user is driving, and cut down on the number of alerts and notifications they receive during that time.

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